Stephen Elliott Yoder • July 14, 2021



Stephen Elliott Yoder, 60, of Pensacola, Fl, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Born January 7, 1961, in Atlanta, Ga, Steve was the son of the late Robert and Mackie Yoder, and the loving father of Blake Elliott Yoder and Dylan Tyler Yoder of Woodstock, Ga. He was the brother of Albert Wade Yoder of Treasure Island, Fl and Laurie Lee Murray of Marietta, Ga. He was uncle to Jessica Schulze of Glen Burnie, Md, Hope Murray-Donaldson of Ormond Beach, Fl, Jonathan Murray of Marietta, Ga, and Caitlin Brunson of Holly Springs, Ga.

Steve was a 1979 graduate of South Cobb High School in Austell, Ga, and a 1981 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fl. After graduation from Embry-Riddle, Steve was employed by Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA, The Delta Connection) from 1982-1998, where he managed the maintenance for a fleet of over 100 aircraft, and was promoted to Lead Mechanic, then Line Maintenance Supervisor, then rose to become Aircraft Maintenance Controller.

In 1998, Steve was recruited and hired by United Parcel Service (UPS) as Aircraft Maintenance Controller at their headquarters in Louisville, Ky. He supervised the scheduling of repair, maintenance, and grounding of over 220 aircraft, UPS’ largest private airport facility. He conducted inspections in accordance with FAA regulations and was a member of the Local Teamsters 2727.

In 2016, Steve retired from UPS and moved to Pensacola, FL, where he was hired by PSA Airlines (a subsidiary of American Airlines). He was voted Union Representative by his peers, and worked as a quality insurance inspector of line maintenance through 2020.

Steve held many aircraft-specific maintenance certifications, including for the Boeing 747, 757, and 767, Airbus A300-A600, de Havilland and BAe 146, DCH-7, DHC-6 and Dove, Embraer EMB 110 and 120, Bombardier CRJ, and Nomad.

Above all, Steve was devoted to the Lord, Jesus Christ, and to his sons, Blake and Dylan. He could fix anything mechanical, and loved fishing, boating, hunting, fast cars, motorcycles and his dogs. He was loved dearly by his family and will always be held close in our heart. Steve’s ashes will be returned to Georgia, and service plans will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:

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